August Pulst (1889 – 1977)

Pulst, August (1889 – 1977). Park Roses. (1976)

August Pulst, born in 1889 and lived until 1977, was a prominent figure in the world of art. His artistic journey commenced at Tori and later, he pursued specialized training at the Riga Art School under the expert guidance of V. Purvītis. It was here that he acquired the title of “Drawing Teacher”.

Upon graduation, August took on the mission to promote art in collaboration with the Estonian Society for Education and Aid. Even during his academic years, his paintings marked their presence in exhibitions. However, the eruption of World War I uprooted him from Latvia, compelling him to settle in Tallinn. Here, he explored his skills as a decorator at the renowned Estonia Theater.

Pulst’s primary artistic expression was through impressionism in oils. But the 1920s saw him incorporating watercolors into his repertoire. He found inspiration in diverse themes, from the hardworking villagers and tranquil nature scenes to bustling urban landscapes. His affiliation with the Central Association of Visual Artists of Estonia and the Union of Artists of the USSR stands testimony to his significance in the art community.

August Pulst’s brilliance truly shone in the latter half of the century. He graced numerous exhibitions, predominantly showcasing his watercolor masterpieces. Notably, he developed a penchant for depicting Tallinn in hues of blue and red. Today, a significant portion of his artworks finds a home in the Estonian Art Museum and esteemed private collections. However, art enthusiasts can explore a curated collection of his paintings for sale at the Rios Art Gallery.